We will present the context of amateur libriarianship and custodianship of knowledge from which the Memory of the World as a shadow library emerged. Following from there we will demonstrate how to create, maintain and share a collection of digital texts. We will show some of the circumvention techniques necessary to participate in the collective learning processes and commoning the digital. We will highlight the massive disobedient practice of sharing books and articles online.
This practice has sprung up in response to the fact that the digital networks have made possible a radical expansion of access beyond geographic and economic divides, and yet the public libraries were denied from providing that access as a consequence of the limitations of copyright and the economic barriers in the economically uneven world of research and learning. Users digitizing, freeing, and sharing books and articles have stepped up to supplement what public libraries were not able to do. We will also highlight practices of pirate care that go along with digitizing, sharing, creating collections, and maintaining infrastructures of shadow libraries that we have called the custodianship.
We will show how creating a collection can be a political intervention by showing some examples of collections we have created and demonstrate hands-on how one can easily do it.
— Marcell Mars, Tomislav Medak: System of a Takedown (https://library.memoryoftheworld.org/#/book/fa6657b5-313c-4bef-8c0c-3926a6406a6a)
— Custodians.online letters: http://custodians.online, http://custodians.online/ubu]
Marcell Mars is a research associate at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University (UK). Mars is one of the founders of Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb. His research Ruling Class Studies, started at the Jan van Eyck Academy (2011), examines state-of-the-art digital innovation, adaptation, and intelligence created by corporations such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, and eBay. He is a doctoral student at Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University, writing a thesis on Foreshadowed Libraries. Together with Tomislav Medak he founded Memory of the World/Public Library, for which he develops and maintains software infrastructure.
Tomislav Medak is a doctoral student at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University. Medak is a member of the theory and publishing team of the Multimedia Institute/MAMA in Zagreb, as well as an amateur librarian for the Memory of the World/Public Library project. His research focuses on technologies, capitalist development, and postcapitalist transition, particularly on economies of intellectual property and unevenness of technoscience. Together with Marcell Mars he coedited Public Library and Guerrilla Open Access.